JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Watercolor Painting | Visions Unseen  Be though my vision When I cannot see. Whether waking or sleeping Reveal yourself to me. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Painting | Peace amidst Chaos I took some time to paint this weekend, amidst the stress that broken bones and too much time spent in an emergency room creates.  After things settled, I contemplated the beauty of the setting sun, the majesty of towering mountains, and my thankfulness for the life we have. This painting is a reflection of that moment.  

Watercolor Painting | Pink Fairy Scribbles and scratches. I’ve reopened my children’s books and am editing like crazy…always editing it seems. For me, taking a short break from writing often means doing something else creative, like watercolor painting. The activity seems to feed the ideas that swirl though my mind. This girl is scribbled and scratched, almost as an afterthought, but within her there is light, love, and a little magic. Stories,… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Blue-haired whimsical Girl I quickly watercolor painted this whimsical girl on a bus ride home from my son’s Mackinaw Island class trip. It was a challenging experiment, considering the frequent sway and bump of the road. I loaded my seat with my carry on luggage, made a makeshift table, balanced my watercolor paints, and sketched fast. Using an Elegant Writer and a little water, I shaded her face, then colored in her features with an inexpensive travel… Read More

Watercolor | You are not Alone Truth is the sorrow which lingers in my tears. Love is the compassion Which erases all your fears. You are not alone. You are not forgotten. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)        

Mixed Media Card | So Thoughtful It’s spring break, the kids are home from school, and writing is NOT happening. I should be throwing myself into book 2, but have decided to instead show myself grace by giving myself permission to do a few other creative things, like catching up on thank you notes. I followed a Danielle Donaldson tutorial to create this card, which combined my creative hobby loves – watercolor painting, sewing, and mixed media layering. It was… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Galaxy Girl She holds galaxies in her gaze and dreams life into existence. My muse…Qinni. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) If you click on the word Qinni (or the one above) and follow the link, you will be taken to the artist’s YouTube page where you can watch a speed drawing of how the original artist drew this painting. This painting on my page, is my study of… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Barn on a Hill Welcome to my wonderland, where even the barns whisper of stories untold. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image) A Peter Woolley exercise in watercolor painting.

Mixed Media | 3 Minute Sketch Imaginative friends are a wonderful treat! Today I indulged my creative side by spending time with my great friend, Debi. We discussed book writing, story development, and practiced drawing people. What a blast! This particular sketch took me less than 3 minutes to craft. I love its loose lines and whimsy. Supplies Used: Sketch Paper, Elegant Writer, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Overlays (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor and Mixed Media Portrait | Wild Love “Wild love dares to lose, seeks to refind, rethinks what was lost, and embraces transformation.” (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting | Woman in Polka Dot Dress For Christmas this year, I received a lovely tutorial by Jane Davenport from my wonderful in-laws, on figure drawing.  After watching several of her classes, I’ve determined that it will probably take some time to master the human shape. However, it looks like a fun process. Here is my first watercolor and mixed media painting (thank you card) from Jane Davenport’s I Heart Drawing class. Woman in… Read More

Watercolor Painting | Tulips in Blue Vase My tulips are red In this vase of blue With petals so sweet They blossom for you. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Mixed Media Painting | Magical Girl She breathed hope like fairy dust And danced On the wind. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Children’s Book I am having a fun time developing a new set of characters for another children’s book. Sheep has a bad day and learns to use healthy language to express his feelings. (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Illustration | Fairy and Sprites Rainbows and pearls  Adorn fairies and sprites Who dust imaginations With magic and light. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Character | Halloween Hyacinth (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

Watercolor Painting of Roses in Vase Dabbling with roses With love and with light This paintbrush of prose Births color and life. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for full-resolution image)

A Tonal Watercolor Study: Farmhouse in the Dell Fingers of fog, Desecrate lightly The farmhouse in the dell Where silence walks And stone walls talk And darker stories dwell. ~ Janna Vanderveen This watercolor painting of an English cottage is my second assignment in Peter Woolley’s Watercolor For Beginners DVD: Tone and Composition. (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)      

(Watercolor: Girl with Red Umbrella) A Poem of Thankfulness Your love is everlasting Your arms reach far and wide You carry me in splendor You never leave my side Upon your winds of favor You lift me up to fly Your wings, beloved savior A shelter in the sky. Your gifts, they fall like raindrops, Your water soothes my soul You fill my heart with plenty Your grace, it makes me whole ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on… Read More

The Robin The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor robin do then, Poor thing? He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing! ~ Mother Goose (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image) Watercolor: Robin in Snow